Use It or Lose It

Modern Technology And Memory Loss

An exhausted businessman dragged himself home and barely made it to his favourite chair before he dropped into it. His sympathetic wife was right there with a tall, cool drink, and a comforting word.  She said,  “My dear, you look so tired.  You must have had a hard day at the office.  What happened to make you so drained?”  The husband replied, “Oh, it was terrible.  The computer broke down and we all had to do our own thinking!”

Now I believe technology is wonderful: but studies are showing that computers are not only adversely affecting us in body (lack of physical exercise) but also in mind (lack of mental exercise).  Think about it.  Phone numbers, street addresses, birth dates, account info, sports stats, history facts, etc. – all no longer required to be kept in our memory for needed recall but easily retrievable with just the push of a button.

A new study illustrates this.  A university had a group of students type the same information into their personal computers with half of them told that the computer info would be saved and the other half told it would be erased. Interviews one week later revealed the following – those who were informed the info would be erased remembered more of what they had typed and those who were informed that the information would be saved remembered less of what they had typed.

So all this being the case, what can be done in this technological age to help all of us to keep from losing our minds?  According to memory experts, these six steps will help in the battle.  They are given as an acronym for the word “brains” for ease of recall.

Boost – Make your daily workout a brain-boosting one by doing cardio-vascular exercises (sweating) that gets the blood flowing from your heart up to your brain.

Relatives – Don’t skip out on family gatherings.  That time together with your relations gets the brain working by challenging it to remember and share.

Alternate – We are creatures of habit, doing the same thing over and over.  But the brain likes to be challenged with the new – like word games and word puzzles.

Inspired – Being depressed runs us down both physically and mentally.  So when it’s thinking time, jettison the bad thoughts and center on the good ones.

Nutrition – Have fish at least once a week as your meal meat.  Studies show that people who do so reduce their risk of Alzheimer disease by almost two-thirds.

Siesta – Catch a few winks.  Tests prove that people who do so during the day have far better recall of the same info versus those who don’t take a quick nap.

The bottom line?  We are conscious of our soul.  We are conscious of our heart.  Now let us also be conscious of our mind for it was the Lord Jesus who said in Matthew 22:37, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.